Wrongful Death & Serious Personal Injury

Helping families in their time of need

RPWB is uniquely qualified to seek justice on behalf of those killed or seriously injured due to defective products, unsafe premises or because of the negligence or malice of another person or company. We help families cover their immediate needs and build a foundation for the future.

You won’t see our firm on tv advertisements or on billboards, but you will find us in courtrooms throughout the country fighting for justice on behalf of those who were killed or seriously injured through no fault of their own. We are respected by peers and adversaries alike for our work on complex personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Typically, the law affords compensation to cover medical expenses, long-term care needs and compensation for lost wages as well as punitive awards that take into account the negligence or malice of the at-fault party.

Our attorneys have been helping victims and their families for more than 40 years and have the resources and skill to effectively litigate the most complicated of cases.

Our staff is compassionate and experienced. We do not treat you like a number nor do we utilize a cookie-cutter approach. Every case is different. Every family’s circumstances are unique. We will work with you to create an individual course of action that respects your wishes and needs.

RPWB was named a 2016 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report in the areas of products liability and personal injury litigation.

Representative Cases

These are just a few examples of our work on wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. For more information, please use the contact form below to let us know how we may help.

The Electrocution of Manuel Salazar
In 2003, 24-year-old construction worker Manuel Salazar was standing next to a crane at the Lake Murray dam in South Carolina when the crane made contact with power lines. Salazar was electrocuted, causing the loss of both of his arms and legs. RPWB represented him, arguing successfully that Salazar could bring a personal injury lawsuit rather than just a worker’s compensation claim. The case was settled for a confidential amount of money, and is thought to be the largest personal injury settlement in South Carolina history. Salazar has shown such incredible determination and spirit in his recovery that Nike to outfitted him with computerized legs. He is married, has three children and started a business. For more about Manuel’s story, click here.

Exploding Gas Cans & Other Burn Injuries
RPWB has represented many people who were burned by defective products, including gas cans, deep fryers and gas grills. This included more than 50 people who were hurt or killed by exploding gas cans. One group of clients received more than $60 million from Blitz U.S.A, Inc., and Walmart as a part of a settlement in the Blitz U.S.A., Inc. bankruptcy.

Air Crash at Charlotte International Airport
In 2003, an Air Midwest turboprop plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Charlotte/Douglass International Airport, killing all 21 people abroad. RPWB served as the plaintiff’s liaison counsel in the wrongful death lawsuits filed by surviving family members.

Truck wrecks
RPWB has a strong reputation for litigating truck wrecks against drivers, vehicle owners, insurance companies and vehicle manufacturers. We have represented individuals who were killed or suffered severe injuries in truck accidents, including vehicle defect cases involving unguarded sidesaddle fuel tanks and those injured by trucks with insufficient roof support.

Graniteville Train Crash
On January 6, 2005, two Norfolk Southern trains collided in Graniteville, South Carolina, setting off a chain of events that led to the deaths of nine people and injuries to at least 250 others. RPWB lawyers represented many of those hurt or killed as a result of the collision.

Industrial Accidents
An extension of our work to help workers who have suffered from occupational disease, RPWB also helps those who suffer serious injury or death on the job. We have represented workers who were killed or injured by cranes, elevators, shuttles and other pieces of industrial machinery.

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